Trying for a second chance: Iranian infertile couples’ experiences after failed ART

Ebrahimzadeh Zagami, Samira, Latifnejad Roudsari, Robab, Janghorban, Roksana and Allan, Helen T. ORCID logoORCID: (2022) Trying for a second chance: Iranian infertile couples’ experiences after failed ART. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 43 (2) . pp. 165-170. ISSN 0167-482X [Article] (doi:10.1080/0167482X.2021.1961733)

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Introduction: Despite significant advances, only 35% infertile couples conceive after ART. If IVF is unsuccessful, couples will need to decide whether to proceed again with assisted conception. The aim of this study was to explore Iranian infertile couples’ experiences after failed ART to continue treatment.

Methods: In this qualitative study participants were selected using purposeful sampling method. Data were collected using 29 semi-structured face-to-face in-depth interviews at a regional Infertility Center from April 2016 to June 2017. All interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed with conventional content analysis method using MAXQDA software.

Results: Our findings suggest that couples’ decisions to continue treatment after unsuccessful ART is shaped by their social, emotional and financial circumstances. We have constructed two themes to describe their experiences: support to continue and trying for a second chance.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest that good marital and family support networks can support infertile couples during this period of decision making. Considering the depression and anxiety caused by failed ARTs, which itself could affect the success rate of any further ARTs, the clinical team should effectively assess psychological readiness of couples who decide to continue with another ART after unsuccessful treatment.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 34081
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology on 13. August 2021, available online:
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Depositing User: Helen Allan
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2021 16:14
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 04:31

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